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In Name Only

Feb 06 2023, 12:09 PM | Updated Mar 19, 9:39 PM
Adaptations that share nothing with their source material but the title, some characters' names, and maybe even the premise, to the point you could change the title and no one would tell it's an adaptation. Remakes/reboots/sequels/localizations also included.
Gatchaman Crowds
TV, 2013, 12 eps Me:- Author:-
Nothing to do with Gatchaman.
Gatchaman Crowds Insight
TV, 2015, 12 eps Me:- Author:-
Still nothing to do with Gatchaman.
Devilman: Crybaby
ONA, 2018, 10 eps Me:- Author:1
Has the basic outline and character names of the Devilman manga, but changes everything else.
TV, 1972, 39 eps Me:- Author:-
Nothing like the Devilman manga.
Devilman Lady
TV, 1998, 26 eps Me:- Author:-
Another unrelated adaptation in the Devilman franchise
Getter Robo Go
TV, 1991, 50 eps Me:- Author:1
Nothing to do with the Getter Robo Go manga.
God Mazinger
TV, 1984, 23 eps Me:- Author:-
Nothing to do with Mazinger Z.
Juusou Kikou Dancougar Nova
TV, 2007, 12 eps Me:- Author:-
More of a Gravion remake than a Dancougar one.
Gaiking: Legend of Daiku-Maryu
TV, 2005, 39 eps Me:- Author:-
A few names and designs are the connection to the original Gaiking.
Rokushin Gattai GodMars
TV, 1981, 64 eps Me:- Author:-
Shares only character names with the Mars manga
Uchuu no Kishi Tekkaman Blade
TV, 1992, 49 eps Me:- Author:-
Shares practically nothing with the original Tekkaman.
Movie, 2001, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Combines Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis manga and Fritz Lang's Metropolis movie into a story that is neither.
Juubee Ninpuuchou: Ryuuhougyoku-hen
TV, 2003, 13 eps Me:- Author:-
Almost nothing to do with the Juube Ninpuuchou movie.
Final Fantasy: Unlimited
TV, 2001, 25 eps Me:- Author:2
Chocobos and Cid are the one reason this is Final Fantasy.
iDOLM@STER Xenoglossia
TV, 2007, 26 eps Me:- Author:-
Nothing to do with the Xenoglossia game.

Ged Senki

Tales from Earthsea

Ged Senki
Movie, 2006, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Minuscle similarities to the Earthsea novels.
Galaxy Angel
TV, 2001, 24 eps Me:- Author:-
Intentionally nothing like the Galaxy Angel game due to a writer revolt.

Taiyou no Ko Esteban

The Mysterious Cities of Gold

Taiyou no Ko Esteban
TV, 1982, 39 eps Me:- Author:-
Only the names remain from The King's Fifth novel.

Sasami: Mahou Shoujo Club

Sasami Magical Girls Club

Sasami: Mahou Shoujo Club
TV, 2006, 13 eps Me:- Author:-
Almost nothing to do with Mahou Shoujo Sammy.

Project Zeorymer

Hades Project Zeorymer

Project Zeorymer
OVA, 1988, 4 eps Me:- Author:-
Nothing to do with the Zeorymer hentai but some names.
TV, 1997, 12 eps Me:- Author:-
Bolt Crank being here is the one proof this is based on the Eat-Man manga.
TV, 2004, 12 eps Me:- Author:-
Takes the plot of the manga and cuts it with a chainsaw.
Masou Kishin Cybuster
TV, 1999, 26 eps Me:- Author:-
Almost nothing to do with the Super Robot Wars games.

Fugou Keiji: Balance:Unlimited

The Millionaire Detective – Balance: UNLIMITED

Fugou Keiji: Balance:Unlimited
TV, 2020, 11 eps Me:- Author:-
At least it keeps the premise from the novel.
Tenchi Muyou! in Love 2: Harukanaru Omoi
Movie, 1999, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Almsot nothing to do with the light novel that inspired it.
True Tears
TV, 2008, 13 eps Me:- Author:-
Completely reworked from the original visual novel
Ni no Kuni
Movie, 2019, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Only takes some setting elements from the Ni no Kuni games
Dragon Quest: Your Story
Movie, 2019, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
By all means, not an adaptation of Dragon Quest V, but tries to trick you into thinking it is
Trigun Stampede
TV, 2023, 12 eps Me:- Author:-
Very different from the 90s Trigun
Heppoko Jikken Animation Excel♥Saga
TV, 1999, 26 eps Me:- Author:-
Features a completely original not present in the manga.

Kidou Butouden G Gundam

Mobile Fighter G Gundam

Kidou Butouden G Gundam
TV, 1994, 49 eps Me:- Author:7
While this one is good, it has almost nothing to do with Gundam.
Human Lost: Ningen Shikkaku
Movie, 2019, 1 ep Me:- Author:1
Nothing to do with No Longer Human.
Human Lost feat. J. Balvin
Music, 2019, 1 ep Me:- Author:1
Dazai is rolling in his grave at this being called part of his work.
Tokyo Ghoul √A
TV, 2015, 12 eps Me:- Author:1
So divorced from the Tokyo Ghoul manga that it became infamous.
Kuroshitsuji II
TV, 2010, 12 eps Me:- Author:-
Totally unrelated to the Kuroshitsuji manga

Rosario to Vampire Capu2

Rosario + Vampire Capu2

Rosario to Vampire Capu2
TV, 2008, 13 eps Me:- Author:-
Took the Rosario to Vampire anime in the opposite direction the manga did.

Mirai Shounen Conan 2: Taiga Daibouken

Future Boy Conan 2: River Adventure

Mirai Shounen Conan 2: Taiga Daibouken
TV, 1999, 24 eps Me:- Author:-
Nothing to do with the first Mirai Shounen Conan.
Tama & Friends: Sagase! Mahou no Punipuni Stone
TV, 2006, 26 eps Me:- Author:-
Basically only shares basic character stuff with Tama & Friends.
Brigadoon: Marin to Melan
TV, 2000, 26 eps Me:- Author:-
Nothing to do with the Brigadoon play.
Romeo x Juliet
TV, 2007, 24 eps Me:- Author:-
Nothing to do with Shakespeare's play but the names.
FLCL Alternative
Movie, 2018, 1 ep Me:- Author:1
Haruko is here to remind you this is supposed to be FLCL.
Shuranosuke Zanmaken: Shikamamon no Otoko
OVA, 1990, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Originally localized as "Ninja Scroll 2" despite having no relation to Juubee Ninpuuchou

Makai Tenshou

Ninja Resurrection

Makai Tenshou
OVA, 1998, 2 eps Me:- Author:-
Localized as "Ninja Resurrection" in another attempt to ape Juubee Ninpuuchou
Amaenaide yo!!
TV, 2005, 12 eps Me:- Author:-
Localized as "Ah My Buddha" despite not being related to Aa! Megami-sama!

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